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Biases and Filters - 02/24/2013
Bias and Filters A bias is when we look at something and our background knowledge and experience acts like a filter that we use to see the world with. Ideally, we want to be aware of our biases and remove them to the degree that is possible. Of course, it is not possible to remove all bias, so all observations are inherently biased, even if we think we are being as objective as we can and are not using any filters.  There are at least three kinds of biases: 'Confirmational bias' is when our observations support what we expect to see. We may unconsciously filter out what does not support our bias. Take dominance for example. One person looks at a dog’s behavior and see a dog trying to be dominant. Another sees a dog offering an appeasing behavior. The behavior is the same, the bias is different. 'Cargo cult bias' is when we see what we want to see. If we focus only on one thing, we miss others, such as in the basketball passing video. Peer review can help, but only if the whole population does not have the same bias. 'Processing bias' is when the technology we create to do the measuring/observing adds a bias. All technology has the same bias as the person creating it. All this is to say that even without knowing it, each person bias their observations. 1. If someone is looking at dog behavior with a strong filter that dogs do not have a language, which type of bias would this be?   2. What if a person has a bias that a dog is an aggressive dog? (answers below acti...

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